Artist's Eyes Vision and the History of Art
The Artist's Eyes
Vision and the History of Art
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2009
  • Price: $45.00
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11
  • ISBN: 0-8109-4849-4
  • EAN: 9780810948495
  • Page Count: 224
  • Illustrations: 175 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World/All

In this fascinating juxtaposition of science and art history, ophthalmologists Michael Marmor and James Ravin examine the role of vision and eye disease in art. They focus on the eye, where the process of vision originates, and investigate how aspects of vision have inspired and confounded many of the world's most famous artists.

Why do Georges Seurat's paintings appear to shimmer? How come the eyes in certain portraits seem to follow you around the room? Are the broad brushstrokes in Monet's Water Lilies due to cataracts? Could van Gogh's magnificent yellows be a result of drugs? How does eye disease affect the artistic process? Or does it at all? The Artist's Eyes considers these questions and more.Using key works of art as well as innovative illustrations that simulate different artists' vision, Marmor and Ravin shed new light on the story of art.

About the authors

Michael Marmor is one of today' s leading experts in retinal disease and retinal physiology, and the author of more than 150 scientific papers. He is Professor in the Stanford University School of Medicine. He lives in Stanford, California. James Ravin is an opthamologist with an interest in the effects of illness on artists. His investigations have been featured on CNN, The Today Show, and in other national media. He lives in Toledo, Ohio.